Posted 6 years ago
So I spotted this unusual hand painted wood plate signed on the back, got it for a Bonnie price, and brought it home. The front decor appears to be a maiden holding a plant surrounded by iconography of some sort, a laurel wreath painted around the rim with two different crowns top and bottom. I tried to research the name on Google as Broido Morelis, thinking maybe it was Colonial Mexican folk art, the two names did not appear connected to this art work, I tried different variants, still nothing -- and another name, Moulis, kept popping up. So I looked more closely at the name on the plate and thought that it could be Moulis, researched that name, came up with the artist William Moulis, whose art work style and last name signature closely matched what I have on the plate. William Moulis appears to have been a well regarded American artist. But how did the other name Broido or Brojdo figure into this? I posted on the Identify My Artwork page on Facebook and one of the members basically said William Moulis would not have painted this for various reasons and of course there is the problem with the name which he read as Brojdo. Now generally I bow and concede before experts with their greater knowledge, and I can't disregard what this member argues. He may well be right, this may be an artwork done by some unknown artist named Brojdo Moulis. On the other hand, the little I know about artists is that when I research their work, if they aren't the right person, things as important and individualistic as style and signature simply don't match. (I will post a link in the first comment to a work of his that's being auctioned on eBay for signature comparison, and a link in the second comment to some trays attributed to him for style comparison.) Also, having read up on Moulis and knowing how eccentric and playful he was, knowing his propensities for painting and drawing in different mediums (he once painted a wood shop sign, also painted on their ceiling), I don't feel the plate is entirely out of the realm of the possible. His work has been auctioned at reputable houses, I suppose I could inquire with one of them as a last resort. Am going to try and do more research on my own first. Anyway, thought I would share this mysterious mystery with you, and look forward to your comments. Thanks for looking.